Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage-Apple Chicken Meatballs in a Spinach Vermouth Sauce

12265847_779290548826_2173721953493967764_oPumpkin Gnocchi with Sage-Apple Chicken Meatballs
in a Spinach Vermouth Sauce

Ingredients:

Pumpkin Gnocchi
2 Russet Potatoes, skinned, cubed
1 cup prepared Pumpkin
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Black Pepper
1/8 tsp Salt
1 – 2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 Egg

Sage Apple Chicken Meatballs
1 lb Ground Chicken
1/2 cup Sage, finely chopped
1/2 Vidalia Onion, minced
1/2 Granny Smith Onion, skinned & minced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1/8 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Black Pepper, coarsely ground
1 Egg
Olive Oil for cooking

Spinach Vermouth Sauce
6 cups Baby Spinach
1/2 Vidalia Onion, Sliced
1/2 Granny Smith Apple, sliced
1/4 cup Vermouth
2 Tbsp Butter
1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1/8 tsp Oregano
1/8 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Black Pepper

Shaved Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  • Prepare the Gnocchi: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, and boil the potatoes until fork tender.
  • Drain the potatoes and mash in a large bowl.
  • Incorporate the Pumpkin pulp, Spices, & Egg.
  • Start incorporating the Flour into the mixture. You may not use all the flour, or you may need more. What you are looking for is a dough forming that you can handle, and roll. It should be cohesive to itself, but not sticky.
  • Divide the dough into six parts.
  • On a floured surface, start rolling each part into a rope, about 1/2″-1″ thick in diameter.
  • Start cutting into 1/2″-1″ pieces. Think little pillows for the shape. You do not want to saw, you want to come down with your knife.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough. Set to the side.
  • Prepare the Meatballs: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands.
  • Form into 1 1/2″ balls.
  • Heat the Olive Oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add the balls to the oil, but do not over crowd them.
  • Let the balls cook a minute and then roll them to a raw side. Repeat until all sides are cooked. Let cook an additional minute so that they cook through. Remove to a plate and repeat until all meatballs are completed.
  • Cook the Gnocchi: Bring a pot of salted water to boil.
  • Add all the Gnocchi. They will sink.
  • As the Gnocchi start to float, they are done, and can be ladled out.
  • Prepare the Sauce: Using the skillet that was used to cook the meatballs, deglaze with the Vermouth, and add the Butter.
  • Add the Onions and Apples, and cook till tender.
  • Add the Oregano and Crushed Red Pepper.
  • Toss in the Spinach until it wilts.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.
  • Add the Gnocchi and Meatballs and toss well.
  • Plate and garnish with shaved Parmesan.

Serves 6.

NOTES: Gnocchi are simple to make for scratch. I’ve seen many recipes that exclude the use of Potatoes, but in my opinion, it is the Potato that makes the Gnocchi.
This dish was inspired by a recipe that I found through a cooking club, but I decided to improve upon it and make it in my own way.

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Martini

Ingredients:VeganAlcoholic
4 parts Gin
1 part Sweet Vermouth
1 part Dry Vermouth
Crushed Ice
Lemon Peel, garnish

Directions:

  • Combine Gin and Vermouth into a Shaker with the Crushed Ice
  • Strain into a chilled Cocktail Glass
  • Garnish with the Lemon Peel

See Also:
Dry Martini

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Dry Martini

Ingredients:VeganAlcoholic
5 parts Gin
1 part Dry Vermouth
Crushed Ice
Green Olive, garnish

Directions:

  • Combine Gin and Vermouth into a Shaker with the Crushed Ice
  • Strain into a chilled Cocktail Glass
  • Garnish with the Olive

Variations:
Dirty Martini – Add a dash of Olive Brine
Buckeye Martini – Substitute a Black Olive for the Green Olive
Gibson – Substitute a Cocktail Onion for the Green Olive

See Also:
Classic Martini

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Shrimp Scampi

Ingredients:Shellfish Alergy Warning:
2 lbs Shrimp, shelled and deveined.
1/4 cup Olive Oil
3-4 cloves Garlic, minced
6 Tbsp unsalted Butter
1-2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp Cornstarch
1/2 tsp Salt
1/3 cup Vermouth or Dry White Wine
3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Parsley, chopped fine

Directions:

  • Heat the Olive Oil in a large skillet and cook the Shrimp and Garlic on low heat.
  • In a bowl combine the Butter, Cayenne Pepper, and Cornstarch.
  • Add the prepared Butter, Vermouth, Lemon Juice and Salt to the pan.
  • Simmer for 2-5 minutes.

NOTES: This is an Italian-American recipe and should be differentiated from English Scampi which consists of breaded Lobster tail meat.

Serving Suggestions:

  • As an Appetizer
  • On top of Pasta or Rice
  • On a Salad